• Vicky

Where to Eat & Drink in London

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

My sister and I have always loved a trip to London, we’d usually hop on a train and spend a night there, enjoying an evening at the theatre or trying out a new place for cocktails. She’s now recently moved there, so now I have even more of an excuse to spend a weekend there, exploring new spots and great places to eat.


People always ask us for recommendations of great restaurants in the city, and I always say I should write a blog post to collate all our favourites, so here it is!


Dinner


Champagne + Fromage

In December we had a pre-theatre dinner at the Brixton restaurant, and it was so dreamy. The Mont D’or is great to share, melted cheese heaven and perfect to pair with a bottle of bubbly. It’s a teeny tiny restaurant with great atmosphere.



Zedels Brasserie

Oozing Art Deco Parisian chic, this French restaurant has a seriously good menu. Live music later in the evening. Great value, it even has a Bib Gourmand to its name.


Circolo Popolare

A little slice of Sicily. One of our favourites, but they don’t take dinner reservations! If you want a table then queue up at the start of dinner service (5PM at weekends) and get your name on the list. Pop for a little drink in nearby Fitzrovia whilst you wait. We found Gargotte around the corner on Percy Street, a great little wine bar which serves by the glass too.


Harrys Dolce Vita

Perfect for people watching in summer! I wrote about it in this blog post, but snag a table outside and watch people mooching in and out of Harrods. Amazing pizza and buckets of rosé.


Cafe Monico

It’s location on Shaftesbury Avenue makes it ideal for a pre or post theatre dinner. They do a great Prix Fixe for £21!


Brunch


Dishoom

Watch out for the Bloody Mary’s here, they are lethal! A great alternative to the typical avocado brunch scene, we love the Shoreditch branch (try and sit on the Verandah!)


The Blues Kitchen

We had such good service here! A traditional brunch menu that doesn’t disappoint. The huevos rancheros will chase any hangover away.

Side note: also a great place for a night out in Shoreditch, really fun live music!


EL&N Cafe

You’ve most likely seen this newish chain of cafes all over Instagram, but when I went with friends I was pleasantly surprised that the food lived up to the decor! Cute place for a girly lunch date!



Serata Hall

Full disclosure, we didn’t actually eat brunch here, but I really want to. A good bottomless brunch is really hard to come by in London which doesn’t come with an eye watering bill. Serata’s looks great, and we can already confirm it’s a great place for coffee or drinks.


Lunch


Petersham Nurseries

See this post for full details, but hands down the most beautiful lunch setting.



Dalloway Terrace

An outdoor terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel, year round dining thanks to covers and heaters. They swap out the interior flora each season. Perfect for lunch or dinner.


Drinks


Fortnum and Mason at The Royal Exchange

The mother of all after work drinks. Hannah and I met here after she finished work in the city, before heading on to the theatre in Victoria. The bar is just stunning, and they made some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. Reserve seats at the counter and watch the bartenders mix the drinks. A really special place for drinks and bar snacks.


Kettner’s Townhouse

We always end up here on a late night in Soho, just chatting the night away.


The Ned

Another spot in the City of London. It has loads of restaurants, but I’ve only ever had drinks. Great for people watching.


Mr Foggs

Another favourite, I love both the House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia and the Gin Parlour in Covent Garden. So well decorated and unusual drinks. Be sure to make a reservation.


The Queen of Hoxton

Ideal for rooftop drinks on a sunny day. Order rounds of Aperol Spritz and soak up some rays.



Afternoon Tea


The Wallace Collection

This is probably the most stunning location for afternoon tea, and seems to be a bit of a hidden gem. A dreamy pink glass-roofed courtyard serving up Cornish cream tea. Heaven.



Still on Our List


Alto Selfridges

On our list for this Summer, a lemon filled rooftop al fresco restaurant and bar. Need I say more.


Bob Bob Richard

Press for champagne…


Gloria Trattoria

Sister restaurant to Circle Popolare, high on our brunch list!


Anywhere you know of we should try?


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